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Biking

 

The Spanish Moss Trail

Rhett House Inn - Spanish Moss Trail - Beaufort SC

 

 

 

The Spanish Moss Trail is an emerging rails-to-trail green-way project owned by Beaufort County, South Carolina and is located in the heart of Northern Beaufort County. Today,the Spanish Moss Trail is a 3.3 mile, 12-foot wide, paved, pedestrian Trail open for the enjoyment of bikers, runners, walkers, fishers, and nature enthusiasts of all stages of life. When completed, the 13.6 mile Trail will connect neighborhoods, parks, water and marsh views, nature preserves, cultural features, historic sites and businesses for recreation, transportation and conservation purposes.

Where is the Spanish Moss Trail?

The Spanish Moss Trail is currently 3.3 miles in length and located in Northern Beaufort County, South Carolina. The first 2 phases of the Trail are open for residents and visitors enjoyment between Ribaut Road in Port Royal and Depot Road.

What is the next phase of the Spanish Moss Trail?

Phase 2 of the Trail opened in November 2013, connecting an additional 2.3 miles between Ribaut Road in the Town of Port Royal to Allison Road in Beaufort. This section of the Trail now connects with the Phase 1 Model Mile (Allison to Depot Roads), bringing the Trail to 3.3 miles. Funding for Phase 3 of the Trail is COMPLETE (Beaufort County with a Federal Grant) and is in the design/engineering phase. Implementation of Phase 3 is planned for the Spring/Summer 2014.

Rhett House Inn Spanish Moss Trail


Fishing

 

Bay Street Outfitters guided Fly Fishing and Light Tackle tours

 

Fly Fishing Rhett House Inn

Beaufort: South Carolina Fly Fishing and Light Tackle At Its Best

Twenty­five percent of the entire United States east coast marshland water is here in Beaufort county. Located about halfway between Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA, and only a stone’s throw from Hilton Head. Shallow water sight fishing at its finest! The flats of the Low Country are teeming with fly casting and light tackle opportunities. Whether it is sight casting to tailing reds, chasing giant cobia or casting into schools of jacks , ladyfish, Spanish mackerel or trout, the fish are here! With literally hundreds of square miles of tide waters and grassy marshes to draw from, fishing possibilities are endless.

 

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Kayaking

Beaufort Kayak Tours

Rhett House Inn - KayakOwner-operated Beaufort Kayak Tours provides narrated natural and cultural history tours in the scenic waters of Beaufort County. Kayak with Kim and David to visit historical downtown Beaufort, the secluded ACE Basin, or the palm-studded lagoon of Hunting Island. Discover our area’s Civil War history, the impact of rice culture, and the mysteries of the salt marsh and barrier islands. Please visit our website for more information. beaufortkayaktours.com

 

 

 


Paddle Board

Higher Ground

Explore Beaufort from a wonderful new point of view by Stand Up Paddle Boarding! Fun, easy and for all ages and levels of ability, paddle boarding is a beautiful way to explore the Lowcountry waters. Whether you’re searching for dolphins and sea turtles or just cruising to the sandbar, there is something for everybody. (And it’s great exercise you don’t even realize you are doing!) Session is usually an hour and 15 mins, and includes board, paddle and life vest…as well as instruction. Adults and kids who paddle are $50 per session…young kids that ride with their parent are free.

Ask the front desk for more information or contact Higher Ground 843-379-4327.
Subject to availability, reservations are highly recommended. Tim and Vivi are your experienced instructors.

“I had never paddleboarded before, but Vivi had me up and going in 20 minutes. So much fun!”Laura Smith – Charlotte NC

 

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Parks

Hunting Island State Park

Hunting IslandHunting Island State Park is one of the most popular state parks and beach areas in South Carolina. The Hunting Island beach attracts over a million visitors a year. The pristine sandy beach, natural setting and warm Atlantic Ocean make a perfect getaway.

The Hunting Island historic lighthouse is the only lighthouse open to the public to climb in the state. From the top platform, one can get a breathtaking view of the ocean, beach and the marshland. Fishing is popular in the lagoon, surf and the fishing pier which st reaches 1120 feet into the Fripp Inlet. Located at the pier entrance, is the Nature Center, which has some very nice exhibits of the local wildlife and marine life. Nature trails, Visitor Center, natural beach and even a boat landing.

Hunting Island State Park is not just another beach… it’s a nature and wildlife paradise… right here in the USA. We hope you enjoy your tour of the Hunting Island State Park and the Beaufort SC area. Please feel free to visit our sponsors if you see something that interest you.


Walking

Old Point

Old Point BeaufortBeaufort is a very small town. Very pretty historic district with some outstanding homes that is well worth a walk or short bike ride around. An hour is plenty of time to see everything if you are bicycling. Seeing it by car would detract from the peaceful atmosphere and narrow streets here.

 

 

 


Water Tours

 

Prince of Tides Daily River Tour

Beaufort DolphinsWhen you are in Beaufort, South Carolina you are in a great place to see Dolphins. If you are lucky enough to have a rental cottage right on the water, you may spot dolphins on a daily basis. They are amazing to see up close and you can hear them coming from a distance. If you aren’t staying on the water, but you want to get an opportunity to see the dolphins, then you need to visit Captain Dick’s River Tour and Dolphin Watch.

Just head to the marina in downtown Beaufort and look for the 24 passenger “Prince of Tides” for a scheduled tour, or you can charter a private boat ride for that special occasion. A boat ride is always fun and this one can be educational also! For more information Click here!

 

 


At the Rhett House Inn

 

Free outdoor activities at the Rhett House Inn

 

Rhett House Inn CroquetThe Rhett House Inn has available for its guests:

Badminton
Croquet
Bocce Ball


Year Around Activities

JUST OPENED AND FREE!!

Cypress Wetland Trail

Cypress Wetland Trail in Port Royal (3 miles away) See hundreds of nesting white egrets and other birds!!!One of the most spectacular things we did on our visit to Beaufort!” – Elizabeth Hove, New Mexico

Best time to visit is toward sunset when hundreds of elegant white birds swoop in to land and roost for the night. Free parking on Paris Ave. just 1/10 of a mile south of left hand turn off from Ribaut Road on left. Look for markers. Elevated boardwalks offer striking views of this wetlands flora, and great opportunities to observe its fauna: nesting waterbirds, wading birds, ducks, fish, alligators and other wildlife. There are attractive markers here and there to tell you what you’re seeing – and what to look for – and benches for resting. The entire trail is a little over half a mile.

ONGOING:

Fly Fishing Rhett House Inn Beaufort: South Carolina Fly Fishing and Light Tackle At Its Best
Twenty­five percent of the entire United States east coast marshland water is here in Beaufort county. Located about halfway between Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA, and only a stone’s throw from Hilton Head. Shallow water sight fishing at its finest! The flats of the Low Country are teeming with fly casting and light tackle opportunities. Whether it is sight casting to tailing reds, chasing giant cobia or casting into schools of jacks , ladyfish, Spanish mackerel or trout, the fish are here! With literally hundreds of square miles of tide waters and grassy marshes to draw from, fishing possibilities are endless.

Bay Street Outfitters guided tours: baystreetoutfitters.com

Beach Cruiser Bike - Rhett House InnFree bikes (comfortable beach cruisers)

Explore Beaufort’s historic district. Behind the Rhett House Inn.

Hunting Island Beach Hunting Island - Rhett House InnGorgeous undeveloped nearby beach with lighthouse–State Park entrance fee only $5- Rhett House provides free beach chairs and towels. Hunting Island is located just 9 miles from Rhett House Inn and is one of the most popular and beautiful beaches in South Carolina. This 5,000 acre park and it’s 3 miles of spectacular natural beach is a place where you can truly find yourself again. Park Hours: Monday-Sunday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. (extended to 9 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time). Park Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Park Admissions Fee – cost per person: Adults: $5, SC Seniors, $3.25, Children 6-15, $3, Children 5 & Under, Free. huntingisland.com

Rhett House Inn Light HouseThe Historic Hunting Island Lighthouse Originally constructed in 1859 and is the only lighthouse in the state of South Carolina that is open to the public. From the top platform, for those who are adventurous enough to climb the 167 step spiral staircase, one truly can get a birds eye view of the Atlantic Ocean, the park and surrounding marshes from about 132 feet above the ground. Lighthouse Fees & Hours: $2 per person, from 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. daily March-October, and until 3:45 p.m. November-February. During inclement weather, it may be closed. huntingisland.com/lighthouse.htm.

The Parris Island Marine Museum - Rhett House InnThe Parris Island Marine Museum

Explore the long and rich legacy of the United States Marine Corps and the exciting history of Port Royal. The Parris Island Museum features thousands of artifacts, images, and other materials that illustrate the history of Port Royal and Parris Island, from early Native American inhabitants of Port Royal to the modern Marines.

The 10,000-square-foot museum is located on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. The exhibits focus primarily on the long and honored history and traditions of the Marine Corps. On display are artifacts depicting Port Royal’s important military role from the American Revolution to the Civil War, along with development of the island into a Marine Corps installation after the Spanish-American War through the present. Alongside Marine Corps history, there are exhibits devoted to the Charlesfort-Santa Elena National Historic Landmark, site of French and Spanish colonies on Parris Island between 1562 and 1587.

The Museum is open daily to the public from 10:00am-4:30pm, and 8:00am – 4:30pm on Family and Graduation Days. Holiday closures include New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Admission is free.

For more information on the Parris Island Museum, visit http://parrisislandmuseum.com/ or call 843.228.2951.

 Verdier House Museum in Beaufort’s National Historic Landmark DistrictThe Verdier House Museum in Beaufort’s National Historic Landmark District is open for tours, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Guided tours are available by appointment. 801 Bay St. (843) 379-6335 or historicbeaufort.org

Rose Hill PlantationRose Hill Mansion Mondays – Fridays: Daily tours of Bluffton’s Rose Hill Mansion, a Gothic Revival-style home built circa 1858 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Reservations required. 199 Rose Hill Way. (843) 757-6046 or rosehillmansion.com.